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RATINGS: 149   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 338   ABV: 11.25%
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Our biggest beer by far, Old No. 23 revives an English farmhouse brewery tradition of making a strong ale to set aside for special occasions. Our version, while tedious and time-consuming to brew, rewards the connoisseur with an ale that has the depth and complexity of a good brandy or single malt scotch. Massive quantities of malt and hops, a long aging time and limited availability make this a special ale worthy of its reputation.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2006
Bottle 2005. Orange amber colour with a small tan head. Sweet caramel malty, fruity, sugar, hops aroma and a sweet caramel malty, rye bread, fruity, light alcoholic taste. Medium body with a light alcoholic finish.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (11645) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2008
(12oz bottle, thanks blindeyedbetty) Small off-white head atop hazy light copper body. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some Cognac, grapefruit/floral, wood. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some alcohol/Brandy, light wood. Medium body, low carbonation, thin for what it holds.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JAN 15, 2009
12oz 2005 Vintage via trade with hopdog. Thanks Steve. Pours a think cloudy cauldron of brownish dirty looking water. Nose is sweet with sherry notes. Taste is sweet almost cloyingly sweet with some strange background notes. Overall I have to say this is good, but a bit strange, and slightly off.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2010
On tap At Euclid Hall in Denver. Pretty standard barley wine. Good hop and malt notes...not too much heat as well, but warming. Good spice character.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bleeng (1544) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2011
2009 bottle. Pours dark brown, very hazy with little head. Malty, sweet nose. Taste is very sweet, with a malty roasty burn on the end. Full, thick , rich body. Granted not my favorite style but this is a decent beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MIBRomeo (2567) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
hazy brown color tall white well laced head. Smells of pine and lemon rind w/ a touch of vanilla. Fairly avg palate. Flavor was an artificial malt some dark fruit and hitns of vanilla. A pretty blah barley wine.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2009
(bottle). Pours a dark brownish red color. Medium size tan color head. Minimal lacing. Sweet malt aroma. Flavor of malt and alcohol. Smooth finish, with lasting alcohol taste. Soft carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
avalancher34 (58) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Bottled. Pours a rich brown with frothy, but not too thick head. Abounding grape/raisin and bread pudding aromas here. First draw was silky smooth with just a hint of carbonation. Tastes of the same flavors and very sweet. Would be a good dessert beer. Quite the unique brew.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kayres (523) - , Georgia, USA - AUG 4, 2013
Dark orange to copper with a thin tan head. Very sweet winey nose. Medium to full bodied, sweet raisin flavors followed closely by a dry hop bitter finish ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (6353) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 7, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2004 2002 bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy, light brown, fully diminishing. Body is hazy dark amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately hoppy (resin), moderately malty (molasses, cookie), hint of smoke. Flavor is moderately heavily sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, heavily acidic, heavily bitter. Medium to full body, velvety/creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Too citric for me (but otherwise acceptably balanced), and the aroma strikes me as primitive and crude.


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